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Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium

For over a decade this flagship event in Sydney Local Health District has sparked new ideas, fostered collaboration and inspired delegates.

SydneyConnect Video: Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium 2024 Highlights

In 2024, the Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium returned as a two day conference. Featuring inspiring speakers, snapshot sessions and panel conversations as well as crowd favourites like The Great Debate and The Big Idea.

With opportunities to tune in virtually or attend in person delegates were encouraged to Imagine. Transform. Lead.

Day one

Day two

calendar_today Thursday 4 July 2024 calendar_today Friday 5 July 2024
location_on Concord Hospital
         Concord Medical Education Centre
         1H Hospital Road
         Concord West
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location_on Seymour Centre
         Corner City Road and Cleveland Street
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schedule 8am–5pm schedule 8am–5pm
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Day one program


Registration & Cuppa with a Colleague

Enjoy Market Day from 9am on The Green


Welcome to Country

Uncle Allan Murray, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council



Dr Stewart Condon, Director Medical Services, Concord Hospital


Chief Executive Address

Graeme Loy PSM, Acting Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District


Inspiration and Navigation: Advances in Lung Disease Diagnosis and Management

Professor Matthew Peters, Head of Department, Respiratory and Thoracic Medicine Concord Hospital

Lung Cancer Screening and Innovation in Diagnosis 

Associate Professor Tajalli Saghaie, Respiratory Physician, Interventional Pulmonologist; Associate Professor, Macquarie University; Deputy Director of Medical Services, Macquarie University Hospital


Endoscopic Therapy of Severe COPD 

Professor Alvin Ing, Professor, Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University; Clinical Program Head, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Program, MQ Health


Case presentationPatient with Persistent Air Leak Managed with Endobronchial Valves and Other Innovative Strategies 

Clinical Associate Professor Lauren Troy, Senior Staff Specialist, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at RPA; Clinical Associate Professor, Central Clinical School of Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney with

Dr Astrid Gardiner, Respiratory Advanced Trainee, RPA Hospital


The Future of Soft Tissue Reconstruction and Wound Closure: Robotic 3D Printing Skin at the Bedside

Joanneke Maitz, Group Lead, Burns and Reconstructive Surgery Research Group; ANZAC Research Institute, Concord Hospital; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney


Blood Clots and Strokes in Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Can Novel Assays Direct Therapy?

Ibrahim Tohidi-Esfahani, ANZAC Research Institute


Home Grown Development-Pathways

Helen Goldsack, Director Nursing Concord Hospital
Bhagavatkumar Patel, Nursing Unit Manager, Ward 3B, Aged Care and Rehabilitation

10.30am  Morning Tea 

Diverse Patients, Populations and Approaches

Professor Meng Ngu OAM, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Concord Hospital ANZAC Research Institute; Clinical Associate Professor, Concord Clinical School, University of Sydney; Co-Chair MDOK Concord Hospital

In conversation with Dr Stewart Condon, Director Medical Services, Concord Hospital


Towards Culturally Accessible Research

Dr Abhijit Pal, Medical Oncology Staff Specialist Bankstown and Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District; Chair of the Bankstown Hospital Research Committee and Director of Advanced Training, Liverpool Hospital


Digital as a Platform for Health Equity

Dr Simon Kos, Chief Medical Officer, Microsoft Australia New Zealand


Innovation through Integration: Delivering on Comprehensive Care for our Veterans

Facilitated by Dr Cameron Korb-Wells, Medical Director, National Centre for Veterans' Healthcare

Dr Huw Davie, Head of Department, Concord Drug Health Services

Dr Tze Chow Chow, Pain Specialist and Consultant Anaesthetist

Melissa Tjakrawisada, Clinical Psychologist, NCVH 


Enjoy Concord Hospital’s Market Day on The Green

Special Performance – Brolga Dance Group


Student Solutions Sprint

Facilitated by Professor Victoria Cogger, Director, ANZAC Research Institute

Day two program

Session One – Transforming Healthcare

8am Cuppa with a Colleague & Exhibition

Welcome & Opening Titles

Professor Michael Hensley, Director Medical Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 


Welcome to Country

Brendan Kerin, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council


Secretary Address

Susan Pearce AM, Secretary, NSW Health  


Dental Smiles: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –  Celebrating 120 years of Oral Health Innovation

Associate Professor Shilpi Ajwani, Head, Oral Health Promotion and Oral Health Research, Sydney Dental Hospital and Oral Health Services, Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Dental School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University


New South Wales Single Digital Patient Record Program

Associate Professor Angus Ritchie, Clinical Director, Digital Health and Single Digital Patient Record, 
Sydney Local Health District

Followed by a Panel Discussion

Dr Teresa Anderson AM, Chief Executive Single Digital Patient Record Implementation Authority

Dr Mitchel Krieger, Chief Medical Information Officer, Stamford Health, Stamford Connecticut

Dean Hewson, Health Care Consumer, Vice-President Healthcare Consumers Association


AI Based Clinical Speech Recognition for Improved Patient Care, Clinical Satisfaction and the Electronic Health Record Optimisation

Brian Zimmerman, Chief Medical Information Officer, Microsoft-Nuance


Energising our ICU, Energy Pod

Associate Professor Mark Kol, Head of Department, Intensive Care, Concord Hospital

10.30am   Morning Tea

Session Two – Symposium Snapshot Sessions

Symposium Snapshot Sessions return to the program in 2024, take your pick of the 15 minute presentations in either the York or Everest theatres from 11am.


York Theatre

Everest Theatre

  Facilitated by Professor Ron Trent, Director, Institute Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics, Clinical Director, Department of Medical Genomics, RPA, Conjoint professor of Medical Molecular Genetics, Central Clinical School Facilitated by Sarah Whitney, Director, Allied Health, Sydney Local Health District

Fatigue in Relapsing MS EBV Treatment Trial (FIRMS EBV)

Associate Professor Todd Hardy
Clinical Associate Professor Medicine, University of Sydney;
Senior Staff Specialist Neurologist, 
MS and Neuroimmunology Clinics, 
Concord Hospital; Co-Director, 
MS Clinic, Brain and Mind Centre

Long-Term Machine Perfusion of Human Organs: A New Model for Regenerative and Translational Research

Associate Professor Carlo Pulitano, Hepatobiliary, Upper Gastrointestinal, Transplant and Robotic Surgeon


AI-based Precision Management in Neurological Disease

Professor Michael Barnett, Brain and Mind Institute, RPA Hospital

The eMR Data Lake: From Data Swamp to Reporting Oasis 


Dr Thomas Hambly, Medical Informatics Registrar, Sydney Local Health District  


RSV – and the Vulnerable Babies Program 

Dr Therese Marfori, Staff Specialist, Public Health Unit, Sydney Local Health District

MyeNurse: A Person Centred Clinical Research Model
Tracy King, Myeloma Clinical Nurse Consultant, RPA; Clinical Associate Professor Cancer Care Research Unit, University of Sydney

Don’t Fall for Me! – A focus on Allied Health Research, Innovation and Translation

Professor Cathie Sherrington, Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Health District; Co-chair, Musculoskeletal Clinical Academic Group, Sydney Health Partners

I Feel Like a Baby Wearing a Nappy… It’s Embarrassing. Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

Dr Michelle Barakat-Johnson, Executive Research and Clinical Lead Skin Integrity; Nurse Manager, Skin Integrity, Founder Wound Care Command CentreTM ; HAC Pressure Injury Coordinator, Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney; Visiting Research Fellow, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield


Combatting a Deadly Legacy

Dr Anthony Linton, Senior Staff Specialist Medical Oncology, Concord Hospital; Academic and Research Director, Asbestos and Dust Diseases Research Institute (ADDRI); Chairperson, Division of Medicine, Concord Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

Vaping – The World Watches Australia
Dr Leena Gupta, Clinical Director, Public Health 
  Oral Insulin Manufacturing and Pathway to Clinical Trials
Dr Nicholas Hunt, Senior Lecturer Research, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health; Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Nano, The University of Sydney
Hot Topic: Extreme Heat and Pregnancy
Professor Adrienne Gordon, Senior Staff Specialist Neonatologist, RPA Newborn Care, Co-Chair, Sydney Institute for Women, Children and their Families, Sydney Local Health District, Clinical Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Central Clinical School Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  Steps to Smiles: Implementation of a Caries Disease Management Protocol in NSW
Dr Harleen Kumar, Head of Department Paediatric Dentistry, Sydney Dental Hospital and Oral Health Services; Clinical Senior Lecturer, School of Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry), Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney

Innovations in Menopause Management 

Dr Ying Lee, Visiting Medical Officer in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Advanced Endoscopic Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Sarah Whitney, Director Allied Health, Chief Allied Health Information Officer

Dr Mike Lin, Endocrinology Staff Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; PhD Candidate, Garvan Institute, St Vincent's Hospital, UNSW
Susan Duchateau, Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Dr Kate Burston, Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 
Zoe Flick, Senior Dietitian, Concord Hospital


Partnering with Patients for Research

Dr Nicole Wong Doo, Senior Staff Specialist Haematologist, Director of Haematology Clinical Research Unit, Concord Hospital

1pm Lunch & Exhibition

Session Three – Big Ideas


In conversation with Professor John Simes AO: A Trailblazer in Innovative Research

Facilitated by Professor Victoria Cogger, Director, ANZAC Research Institute

  Sydney Research and Clinical Trials Awards 

The Great Debate

Sydney Local Health District vs. the University of Sydney

Moneisha McKenzie, Director Physical Wellbeing, My District Ok
  Toward Zero Deaths from Melanoma
Professor Georgina Long AO and Professor Richard Scolyer AO, Co-Medical Directors, Melanoma Institute Australia

The Big Idea

Hosted by Dr Joe Dusseldorp, Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse


Fireside Chat

Professor Gerard Sutton, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Save Sight Institute

Dr Joe Dusseldorp, Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

  Judges Announce Winner of The Big idea 
  Closing Remarks
5pm  Networking Cocktail Event